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Stony Creek in context of Waterways of the West

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Update on presentation given twice in recent months with ever increasing photo coverage of the length of Stony Creek and historic diversions, wrapped in contextual commentary re pollution event from industrial fire and establishment of Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee.

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Stony Creek in context of Waterways of the West

  1. 1. Urban Hydrology out of Sight Stony Creek fire fighting flood meets Waterways of the West based on presentation by Tony Smith to Melbourne Emergence Meetup 13 September 2018 to Spotswood & South Kingsville Residents Group 21 February 2019 and further updated after follow up explorations
  2. 2. Presentation at Melbourne Emergence Meetup last September followed August introduction of initial topic list for Supervenience, an attempt to understand the world as a complex systems analyst In that context, noted that Stony Creek was both constructed and later disconnected, especially in the maps, a product of minds and money, a work in progress, compromised, still needed The industrial history of Stony Creek has been an increasing focus over several years, very recently in the context of Waterways Priorities versus Priority Waterways for Healthy Waterways On Tuesday, 28th August, ministers on the banks of the Maribyrnong announced the formation of a Ministerial Advisory Committee to develop a “Waterways of the West Action Plan” Two days later, two weeks before our next date with Emergence, we woke to radio news of a large industrial fire west of Footscray necessitating the closure of Somerville and Paramount Roads Firefighters professionally contained and controlled the fire within 420 Somerville Road save for a big smoke plume and a toxic cocktail of chemicals which flowed straight into Stony Creek So we switched attention to “Urban Hydrology out of Sight” drawing into focus the rehabilitation of this industrial waterway by local community groups and their need to refresh White-faced Heron notoriously tolerant of degraded environments at Cruickshank Park late on Friday, 31 August
  3. 3. With MFB remaining Incident Controller, a community meeting was called for that first evening at Footscray Town Hall Already committed to nearby session with Uncle Jack Charles and the Moondani Balluk mob covering (mis)appropriation of Indigenous Intellectual Property by occupiers/colonisers Smoke plume dominated view from Tottenham Station Always was, Always will be Aboriginal Land (and Water)
  4. 4. Healthy children. Thinking children. Safe children. Caring for children in our community through great service and great people. DATES TO REMEMBER Tues 7 Aug to Frid 7 Sept Photo's taken of your children (Refer to list at sign in) Tues 18 Sept Clare Court Board of Management meeting Frid 28 Sept AFL Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Service Closed Tues 6 Nov Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Service Closed Thurs 15 Nov Clare Court Board of Management meeting Thurs 20 Dec Last day for Long Day Care and Kindergarten SERVICE UPDATE United Voice Walk Off Next Wednesday 5 September, 6 educators are participating in the Walk Off as part of the Big Steps campaign. There will be no disruption to the service and programs will operate as normal. Stony Creek The current fire in West Footscray has had a drastic impact on our Clare Court community. Yesterday we had 65 children attend the service in the morning. Following advice from the Department of Education and Emergency Services we commenced an orderly closure, with the last child leaving the service at 2:00pm. Today we have 115 children attending and again are operating in lockdown. The children have been participating in a variety of activities across the different rooms. A decision was made early in the morning to close down Room 1, due to the close proximity to Stony Creek and the strong odour. The Kangaroo group have spent the day with the Wombat group, with children from many rooms visiting other groups. Several children have been involved in a painting experience in the Studio. There have been many conversations between the children and educators about the smoke plume that was very evident yesterday. Many of the children have also expressed great concern for Cruickshank Park and Stony Creek. They are very aware and mindful of the plants and animals that they engage and learn with, on their usual daily walks when Out and About. It will take a long time for Stony Creek to recover from this. Morning Tea I hope that you all had a chance (or maybe a few) to stop by the Studio this week in the morning and enjoy a cuppa with a scone, jam and cream. This week we have again celebrated the important role and amazing impact that all members of our immediate and extended families play in supporting our children. Regards, Sharon Jordan Service Director Above: Friends of Stony Creek’s Facebook Cover updated to show Emergency Services’ map of areas affected by fire two days later Right: Clare Court Children’s Service has made the outdoor opportunities in Cruickshank Park central to their programs Below: Friends of Cruickshank Park’s Facebook Cover reminding all of the progress of their efforts, now goals for their recovery
  5. 5. Metropolitan Fire Brigade first responder and incident controller under Victorian Emergency Services. Site handed back to owner, subject Victoria Police Arson Squad access, Environmental Protection Authority intervention for regulatory breaches. Recovery to Maribyrnong Council. Traffic and aircraft diversions. Melbourne Water intercept flow. Fisheries report asphyxiated fish. Health & Human Services, WorkSafe. School and kinder at Cruickshank. Questions for Corporate Regulator. Adjacent to industrial Brooklyn. Stony Creek through private land. Western suburbs planning regime.
  6. 6. Above: Robert Hoddle’s 1840 survey map Below, right: Grimes 1803 expedition's chart Fleming “went up (Stony) creek about a mile and a half; it was salt, and ended in a swamp; a run from (Keilor) plains comes into it in wet weather.”
  7. 7. By 1860 Stoney Creek was on the map, at least as far as Anderson Road The gold rush paid for a railway line to Bendigo and beyond to the Murray Crossing then Stoney Creek required elegant archways, since obscured by adjacent lines for Tottenham freight yard, standard gauge and Regional Rail The archways fixed the course of the creek where it hadn’t been well defined 140 years later, when political manoeuvring divided the old City of Sunshine between the new cities of Maribyrnong and Brimbank, the short stretch of creek either side of those archways came to define part of their boundary In the interim, flooding of Australia’s then leading manufacturing industry, Sunshine Harvester Works, had provoked drainage works to divert flow ex St. Albans and North Sunshine into Kororoit Creek and Maribyrnong River While motivated by high flow events from increasingly urbanised impervious catchments, big new drainage tunnels also diverted normal low flow away from its old course, leaving Stony to start afresh in drains under Sunshine November 2014 presentation to Brimbank Heritage Advisory Committee The course of Stony Creek emerged from Victorian Volcanic Plains to serve pastoral, infrastructure, industrial and more recently suburban purposes
  8. 8. ➊ Orion townhouse estate with wetland at Stony Creek end ➋ City of Maribyrnong Sara Grove planting site ➌ Creek is municipal boundary Matthews St to Sunshine Rd ➍ Current Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project ➎ Historic course of Stony Creek through central Sunshine ➏ First diversion of Stony Creek via Anderson Road ➐ Higher capacity diversion via Kororoit Street ➑ Diversion from east side of North Sunshine to Maribyrnong ➒ August 2018 factory fire source of creek pollution event ➊ ➋ ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏ ➐ ➑ ➒ Notes re potential restoration of low flow from Stony Creek above Sunshine to Stony Creek below became index for submission to Melbourne Water’s Healthy Waterways Strategy renewal process ➊ ➋ ➌ ➒
  9. 9. St. Albans South Drain
  10. 10. Stradbroke Drive St. Albans
  11. 11. Connection to Watford Road St. Albans
  12. 12. Novara Parade East St. Albans
  13. 13. Grantham Green East St. Albans
  14. 14. Laurel Street East St. Albans
  15. 15. Moonstone Circuit East St. Albans
  16. 16. Western Ring Road adjacent Club Italia
  17. 17. Furlong Road Sunshine North
  18. 18. Cary Street Sunshine North
  19. 19. Sedimentation pond 15 March 2019
  20. 20. Storage pond outlet 15 March 2019
  21. 21. Concrete channel unbroken 15 March 2019
  22. 22. Gilmour Road Sunshine North
  23. 23. Albion-Jacana Standard Gauge & Freight Railway
  24. 24. Private crossing Sunshine North
  25. 25. St. Albans Road Sunshine North
  26. 26. Ballarat Road Sunshine North
  27. 27. Ballarat Road Sunshine
  28. 28. Anderson Road Sunshine
  29. 29. Kororoit Street Sunshine
  30. 30. Duke Street Sunshine North
  31. 31. St. Andrews Drive Sunshine North
  32. 32. Pheonix Street Sunshine North
  33. 33. Alexandra Avenue Sunshine
  34. 34. Hampshire Road Sunshine
  35. 35. view from Dawson & Service Streets Sunshine
  36. 36. Devonshire Road Sunshine
  37. 37. Duke Street Sunshine
  38. 38. Orion Townhouse Estate Maidstone
  39. 39. Sunshine Road Sunshine
  40. 40. Standard gauge freight rail to Newport
  41. 41. Sara Grove Tottenham
  42. 42. Quarry Road Tottenham
  43. 43. Paramount Road Tottenham
  44. 44. Cala Street West Footscray
  45. 45. Cruickshank Park Somerville Road Yarraville evening after fire
  46. 46. Clare Court Yarraville
  47. 47. Newport Rail Line Yarraville
  48. 48. Hyde Street Reserve Yarraville
  49. 49. Stony Creek Backwash Spotswood
  50. 50. Yarra Act 2017 Environmental Justice Australia Action Plan re other rivers Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee Traditional Owners Rivers of the West Melbourne Water Healthy Waterways Strategy Refresh Catchment Collaborations Moonee Ponds Creek behest of City of Melbourne Maribyrnong pilot City of Moonee Valley Chain of Ponds City of Moreland Stony Creek Fire Recovery phase City West Water Greening the West Upper Stony Creek project Critically endangered ecotype Victorian Volcanic Plains Basalt quarries used for landfill A few of the interested parties
  51. 51. Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 Woiwurrungbaluk ba Birrarung wanganyinu biikpil Yarrayarrapil, manyi biik ba Birrarung, ganbu marram-nganyinu Manyi Birrarung murrondjak, durrung ba murrup warrongguny, ngargunin twarnpil Birrarungwa nhanbu wilamnganyinu Nhanbu ngarn.ganhanganyinu manyi Birrarung Bunjil munggany biik, wurru-wurru, warriny ba yaluk, ba ngargunin twarn Biiku kuliny munggany Bunjil Waa marrnakith-nganyin Balliyang, barnumbinyu Bundjilal, banyu bagurrk munggany Ngarn.gunganyinu nhanbu nyilam biik, nyilam kuliny – balit biik, balit kuliny: balitmanhanganyin manyi biik ba Birrarung. Balitmanhanganyin durrungu ba murrupu, ba nhanbu murrondjak! We, the Woi-wurrung, the First People, and the Birrarung, belong to this Country. This Country, and the Birrarung are part of us. The Birrarung is alive, has a heart, a spirit and is part of our Dreaming. We have lived with and known the Birrarung since the beginning. We will always know the Birrarung. Bunjil, the great Eagle, the creator spirit, made the land, the sky, the sea, the rivers, flora and fauna, the lore. He made Kulin from the earth. Bunjil gave Waa, the crow, the responsibility of Protector. Bunjil's brother, Palliyang, the Bat, created Bagarook, women, from the water. Since our beginning it has been known that we have an obligation to keep the Birrarung alive and healthy—for all generations to come. The Yarra River is of great importance to Melbourne and Victoria. It is the intention of the Parliament that the Yarra River is kept alive and healthy for the benefit of future generations. This Act recognises the intrinsic connection of the traditional owners to the Yarra River and its Country and further recognises them as the custodians of the land and waterway which they call Birrarung. In the Woi-wurrung language of the traditional owners, Wilip-gin Birrarung murron means "keep the Birrarung alive". The following statement (in the Woi-wurrung language and in English) is from the Woi-wurrung.
  52. 52. Wilip-gin Birrarung murron (Keep the Birrarung alive) Actions Action 24 Timing: Short term MELBOURNE'S NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE TASKFORCE Establish a Taskforce that brings together the skills of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) with the Traditional Owners, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, VicRoads, Environment Protection Authority, and local governments to: • Investigate the benefits of combining waterway management, open space, bay and coastal parkland management for greater Melbourne. • Establish ongoing collaborative governance arrangements between DELWP, Traditional Owners, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and local government to: - deliver an integrated vision and strategy for Melbourne’s natural infrastructure that increases the amount and quality of publicly accessible open spaces (including the bays, waterways and parklands) - realise the synergies from coordinated delivery of related projects from the updated Plan Melbourne, Water for Victoria, Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Yarra River Action Plan - establish long-term funding arrangements for developing and maintaining urban natural infrastructure • Report to the Victorian Government on an improved integrated institutional model for delivery of major natural infrastructure in Melbourne. Action 25 Timing: Short term URBAN NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY Develop an integrated vision and strategy for Melbourne’s open spaces, including its waterway corridors and coastal parklands to improve the liveability and ecological health of the growing city. Action 26 Timing: Short - long term MAP TRADITIONAL OWNER CULTURAL VALUES Work with the Traditional Owners to map tangible and intangible cultural values along the Yarra River, over a number of years, starting with the highest priority reach. Action 27 Timing: Medium term PROTECT THE MARIBYRNONG RIVER Use the landscape assessment methods applied along the Yarra to establish stronger planning controls to protect the Maribyrnong River and its environs. Action 28 Timing: Medium term PROTECT OTHER URBAN RIVERS AND THEIR PARKLANDS Review the reforms to protect the Yarra River and consider protection of other major Melbourne rivers and their open spaces (such as the Maribyrnong and Werribee rivers). Action 29 Timing: Short - medium term RIVER CORRIDOR FOOTPRINTS Identify the preferred open space footprint of Melbourne's key waterway corridors and in particular those under sustained growth pressure (e.g. Maribyrnong and Werribee rivers) and develop a plan to secure this. Action 30 Timing: Short term PARKS CHARGE REVIEW Undertake a broad based review of the Melbourne Metropolitan Parks Charge to define the strategic goals/services it delivers and identify the funding available for supporting priority projects identified in the Yarra Strategic Plan. Action 27 PROTECT THE MARIBYRNONG RIVER Use the landscape assessment methods applied along the Yarra to establish stronger planning controls to protect the Maribyrnong River and its environs. Action 28 PROTECT OTHER URBAN RIVERS AND THEIR PARKLANDS Review the reforms to protect the Yarra River and consider protection of other major Melbourne rivers and their open spaces (such as the Maribyrnong and Werribee rivers). Action 29 RIVER CORRIDOR FOOTPRINTS Identify the preferred open space footprint of Melbourne's key waterway corridors and in particular those under sustained growth pressure (e.g. Maribyrnong and Werribee rivers) and develop a plan to secure this.
  53. 53. Cynefin meets the Maribyrnong and Moonee Ponds Creek Tony Smith, Melbourne Emergence Meetup, 13 July 2017 Site Visit to Fish Ladder at Brimbank Park ▼ Innovative Collaboration Methodology Inclusions in Maribyrnong Catchment ▶
  54. 54. Suggestions! Questions? Mill Stream Stellenbosch Western Cape during 2007 workshop on Philosophy of Complexity

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